On Tue, 13 May 2003, Jon Hanna wrote:
> Interpretations I come up with when I try to comprehend the term
> Lover of change.
> One who is beyond being a lover.
> One who is between lovers.
> One who loves "between" (actually I like that a lot; "The Celts were
> metaphiles and 'between' places like shores and 'between' times like
> twilight occur frequently in their myths".)
> King Aegeas (his wife was called Meta).
Plausible all of them, actually. I had to pick up my copy of "The Penguin
Dictionary of Curious and Interesting Words", which contains a wealth of
information on all kinds of odd words. However, in this case I failed
there were very few of them between merdivorous and micturate :(
However, I'd like to add that the Swedish translation of the word
metaphile would be metafil, and that the verb meta in Swedish means to
angle, i.e., to fish with a hook and line. The suffix -fil is the same as
in English. Hence the true meaning of metaphile would be a person who
loves fishing. "A perfect Angler".
According to evidence provided by 17th century Swedish scientists, the
lost nation Atlantis where actually situated here in Scandinavia. So the
word might actually have originated here, and then spread through the
world via the Greek civilization.